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SKEMA Business School

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Accreditation

SKEMA (School of Knowledge and Management) is a private university accredited by EQUIS, European Quality Improvement System, the leading international system of quality assessment, improvement, and accreditation of higher education institutions in management and business administration. SKEMA is also part of France’s Grande Ecole system and is recognized by the French Ministry of Education and the French Riviera Chamber of Commerce. SKEMA is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB), joining a small circle of international schools with double accreditation. AACSB accreditation evaluates the excellence of an institution, and in particular the academic level of its faculty, the quality of its programs, the relevance of its strategy and the means to implement it.

SKEMA (School of Knowledge and Management.) is one of Europe’s most respected schools of business and management and offers a range of undergraduate and master’s level degrees. CEA students study at the international SKEMA Bachelors program, which offers not only Business and Management courses but also courses in Engineering, Science, Finance, Accounting, Entrepreneurship, Business Administration, Global Business Development, Event Management, E-Business, Marine Biology, Environmental Science, Sustainable Development & Environmental Management and Product Innovation Management.

Students live in the coastal town of Antibes and study in Sophia Antipolis. The Sophia Antipolis science park, where SKEMA is located, was created in 1969 as Europe’s version of Silicon Valley and is situated in woodlands about 10 km from Antibes. The direct Antibes - SKEMA express bus takes about 20-25 minutes and CEA students will be commuting with other SKEMA students and employees of high-tech firms who have offices in Sophia Antipolis. The area is home to higher education institutions and industries such as research, health sciences, chemistry, biotechnology, geo sciences, computer science, electronics, networks, and communication. Many global companies maintain a presence here and SKEMA is surrounded by a dynamic, professional environment.

Students quickly feel at home at the small, self-contained campus which promotes sociability and interaction. An active student union organizes many events, activities, and trips (such as integration days, concerts, skiing, sailing and more). There are about 400 undergraduate students on campus and 200 more on transfer placement abroad. Most students are French, but many come from the U.S., UK, Australia, Europe, Eastern Europe and Asia on exchange programs, making SKEMA Bachelors a truly international program.

At the SKEMA Bachelors program, you will have an international educational experience in a multilingual and multicultural environment where courses are taught by professors of more than 30 nationalities. Each semester’s course schedule is tailor-made to meet your individual needs, with a choice of core and elective courses. Courses are taught in English. Students also have the opportunity to take French language courses at beginners, intermediate and advance levels, so that they may become proficient in speaking, reading and writing French, however, French language courses are not mandatory. Frequent social interaction with Francophile students ensures rapid skill acquisition. All SKEMA professors and administrative staff speak French and English.

SKEMA puts a heavy emphasis on academic responsibility and independence. Instructors expect students to be active listeners and participate in classroom discussions. Students adhere to attendance policies and school rules. Attendance in classes, midterms and finals is mandatory and monitored by professors.

Classroom and Information

  • French and international faculty teach your core, elective and language courses.
  • You will attend class with French and international students from around the world.
  • Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations. Periodic examinations, homework assignments and final exams will be administered.
  • Grades are typically based on two mid-terms and a final exam. Some courses also require completion of presentations or group projects.
  • Expect direct honesty in grading, with no grade inflation. No extra assignments are given to improve grades.
  • Little homework or assignments are given, students are expected to absorb and study materials continually without being prompted. Cramming does not work.
  • Attendance in classes is mandatory and will be monitored by each professor.
  • A 3 credit course typically takes place once a week in one 3 hour session with a break of 15 minutes after 1.5 hours. 4 credit courses might be split into a 3 hour and a 1.5 hour session over two days.
  • Class rescheduling happens frequently in France and cancelled courses are rescheduled.
  • As full time student you are expected to be available from Monday to Friday. Students check their online class schedules on a daily basis.
  • Midterms, finals and rescheduled classes will often take place on different days from the normal schedule
  • Class size ranges from 5 to 45 students (the latter often in a lecture hall).

Grading

Grade equivalences are as follows:

Grade ECTS

Grade SKEMA

US letter equivalent

Points per credit

Note

A

A

A

4.00

94 - 100

B

A

A

4.00

90 - 93

B

A-

A-

3.67

87 - 89

B

B+

B+

3.33

85 - 86

C

B+

B+

3.33

84

C

B

B

3.00

80 - 83

C

B-

B-

2.67

77 - 79

D

C+

C+

2.33

74 - 76

D

C

C

2.00

70 - 73

D

C-

C-

1.67

67 - 69

E

D+

D+

1.33

64 - 66

E

D

D

1.00

59 - 63

F

F

F

0

50 - 58

FX

F

F

0

< 50

WF

WF

 

0

Course Abandon Unauthorized

W

W

 

 

Course Abandon Authorized

IN

I

 

 

Incomplete

VA

S

 

 

Satisfactory

NVA

US

 

 

Unsatisfactory

 

Remarks:

  • Students at SKEMA are evaluated using a grading system similar to the one used at most U.S. institutions.
  • The grades D, D+, C- and equivalent validate courses, but under the condition “unsatisfactory.”
  • The grade I (incomplete) indicates that the final grade is not yet available, as the final examination or research project has not been achieved.
  • The grade W (course abandon authorized) does not have any bearing on the GPA.
  • The grade WF (course abandon unauthorized) is equivalent to a “zero” and diminishes the value of the GPA.
  • Professors include evaluations of written tests and assignments as part of their final grade compilation.

Please note that students’ home universities determine the final credit and grade evaluation.

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Centre International d’Antibes

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Accreditation

The Centre International d’Antibes (CIA) is a private institution of higher education, fully accredited by the French Ministry of Education.

Founded in 1985, the Centre International d'Antibes (CIA) welcomes more than 5,000 students every year for French instruction at all levels, from beginning to advanced. CIA is a recipient of the French Ministry of Education’s "Quality Award for French as a Foreign Language," awarded for the quality of its teaching, facilities, and services. CIA is a preparatory center for the Diplôme d'Etudes en Langue Française (DELF) certificate, an internationally recognized certification administered by the French Ministry of National Education.

The CIA is located in "Le Château", a Provençal mansion surrounded by flowered gardens and palm trees near Antibes Old Town and beaches. Enjoy panoramic views of Nice, Monaco, and the Italian Riviera from school’s patio. CIA offers 17 classrooms, including four outdoor classrooms, with well-equipped facilities and up-to-date audiovisual equipment.

Classroom and Information

  • Language and elective courses are taught by international faculty at the Centre International d’Antibes.
  • Periodic exams, homework assignments, and final exams will be administered.
  • Attendance of classes is mandatory and monitored by each professor.
  • Class size ranges from eight to 12 students, allowing for personalized attention.
  • You’ll take classes with other international students of equivalent language level, not with French students.
  • The French style of teaching differs from that in the U.S. Be prepared to adapt to different classroom structures and coursework expectations.

Grading

The French grading system is based on a scale of 20, as opposed to 100 in the U.S. system. It would be inaccurate to merely multiply a French grade by a factor of five to find its U.S. equivalent. Grades in France are awarded on a scale of 1-20, but the tradition is such that grades higher than 16 are seldom awarded. The passing grade for a single subject is usually 10/20, although grades of 8 and 9 may indicate satisfactory performance. Grading in France is severe and can vary from one institution to another, and from one course to another.

The Franco-American Commission for Educational Exchange recommends the following comparison of grades:

French Number Grade

US Letter Equivalent

14-20

A

12-13.9

B+

11-11.9

B

10.5-10.9

B-

10.1-10.4

C+

10

C

9-9.9

C-

8-8.9

D

0-7.9

F

French diplomas may include one of the following five “mentions”:

Très Bien

Outstanding

A

Bien

Very Good

A to B+

Assez Bien

Good

B to B-

Passable

Passing

Passing

Ajourné

Failing

D to F


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